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FIGURES IN SUNLIGHT
VIDEO LENGTH | 42 MIN
This is my favorite subject and favorite painting condition; figures in bright outdoor sunlight. I quickly assess the direction of my light source, my darkest dark, my lightest light, my most intense color and my grayest color. I draw a line down the middle of my palette; a great tool for staying in control of value! Remember, the light is moving quickly. With these observations, I begin by massing my shadow area first with one tone, usually a neutral color.You don't have to consider yourself a portrait painter to paint a head that looks natural and pleasing. The proportions I show you I will use every time as a springboard for placement of the features and underlying simple planes of the head. If I have a painting with several small figures in it these guidelines serve me well to give a little more information to the features. Have you ever done a painting on location of a group of figures, you're working quickly and then they are gone in a flash? If you want to indicate some form and some features on those figures then I use these simplified planes and proportions to create pleasing and natural looking heads.